from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A long, narrow, runnerless sled constructed of thin boards curled upward at the front end.
  • intransitive v. To coast, ride, or travel on a toboggan.
  • intransitive v. Slang To decline or fall rapidly: His good fortune has tobogganed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A long sled without runners, with the front end curled upwards, which may be pulled across snow by a cord or used to coast down hills.
  • n. A similar sled of wood, pulled by dogs, possibly with steel runners, made to transport cargo.
  • n. a winter hat or ski mask
  • n. Something which, once it starts going (figuratively) downhill, is unstoppable until it reaches the bottom.
  • v. to slide down a hill on a toboggan or other object
  • v. to (figuratively) go downhill unstoppably until one reaches the bottom.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of sledge made of pliable board, turned up at one or both ends, used for coasting down hills or prepared inclined planes; also, a sleigh or sledge, to be drawn by dogs, or by hand, over soft and deep snow.
  • intransitive v. To slide down hill over the snow or ice on a toboggan.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To slide down-hill on a toboggan.
  • n. A long narrow sled made of a single thickness (about ¼ inch) of wood (commonly birch) curved backward at one end, the curved end being kept in place by leather thongs; originally employed by the Indians of Lower Canada to carry loads over the snow, but now used chiefly in the sport of coasting.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a long narrow sled without runners; boards curve upward in front
  • v. move along on a luge or toboggan


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Canadian French tobagan, from Micmac topaghan.

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The noun is attested since 1829, the verb since 1846. Both derive from French tabaganne, which derives from an Algonquian word, probably the Mi'kmaq tepaqan or the Abenaki dabôgan, influenced by similar words in other Eastern Canadian Indian languages. The US sense, "hat", is recorded in 1929, and toboggan cap in 1928.



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  • In parts of the south, especially the Appalachian region, the word toboggan means a knit cap worn in winter (a watchcap, toque). As better put on your toboggan before you go out in that snow or you'll freeze your head.

    September 10, 2009